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  • January

    January

    ★★★★

    It's a little scary to watch a friend's movie: if you don't like it, can you really say you don't? In this case, I needn't have worried. 'Cause I did like it.

    I jotted down a few things about why:

    --The opening is disorienting--the restless, shaky camera, resting only briefly on contextual clues--and I like how that movement and the agitation of it contrasts to the relative stillness and depressive inertia of what follows.

    --The loneliness at the center of…

  • Landline

    Landline

    ★★★★

    I liked it a lot.

    From my review over at Seattle Screen Scene:
    Early in Gillian Robespierre’s new film, Landline, Dana (Jenny Slate), compulsively scratching a poison ivy rash contracted in a not-so-romantic encounter in the woods with her fiancé, sits across a desk from a co-worker discussing their dates from the previous night. Effusively, the co-worker describes a romantic, hours’ long “epic conversation on the rooftop.” Dana, pausing, responds that she and her fiancé, in contrast, had spent “three…

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  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★★½

    Love & Friendship opened in Bellingham yesterday to a happy crowd of - wait for it - older women. Genuinely puzzled, my daughters, whom I had brought with me to the screening, commented on the sea of graying feminine heads. Jane Austen, so the perception goes, is just for the ladies.

    I'm a fan of a number of Jane Austen adaptations, the Andrew Davies/Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice, of course, as well as the Emma Thompson/Ang Lee collaboration, Sense and…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    She's adorably sweet (but super sexy in a hot little work uniform number)
    She's totally into you the moment she lays eyes on you (but, you know, not in a slutty way)
    Her interests exactly align with yours (she might tell you about a new song but she'll glow over your amazing tastes)
    She's immediately sympathetic with you (not nasty and suspicious of men like some women)
    She's wonderfully innocent (but totally down for a bit of crime on the…